Okay, I've been off from blogging for several days and I'm back with a vengeance! This is a very picture-heavy post, so I've stacked the outfit stuff near the top and my travel pictures at the bottom.
On Friday, I got all the presents wrapped.
He also looked very pretty sitting on the bathroom sink.
here for a map.
As it takes nearly 6 hours to get there (drive up-Island, wait for the ferry, take the ferry), my travel clothes are strictly for comfort.
favourite black dress, some funky tights.
Check out the boots!
Okay, the boots.
|In the condition I bought them. Note the heavy green on the brass and the white wax build-up on the leather.|
Only one of the boots is marked with a brand name inside:
I cleaned them up with an old towel and my Woly.
Dress (Max Studio), tights (Firenze), boots (vintage 70s, Skagway, thrifted).
We arrived safe and sound just in time for dinner on Christmas Eve. The tree looked lovely.
For Christmas, I did this simple red sweater with the red ribbon-y skirt:
I got spoiled by L in my stocking:
I also got a new umbrella:
With my mother-in-law:
On Boxing Day, we came back home. I wore the same black dress, and different tights, but it's basically what I wore for the trip up.
Today, we met up with Nick and Karen for lunch and a bit of post-Christmas sales with the money I got (from my awesome mother-in-law).
I had a WW meeting tonight:
My hair went all wonky from the rain. It also got smushed when I had a nap.
Inigo was happy to have us home.
All right, that's the end of the fashion-y pictures. If you're interested in seeing our drive up and down-Island, please feel free to continue. Or not. It's totally up to you! Click on any of the pictures to embiggen them.
The bridge to nowhere:
click here for a map. I live on the southern tip, in Victoria. Most of Vancouver Island is not populated; most of the towns and cities (Victoria and Nanaimo are the two biggest cities) are on the East coast. It's full of forests, mountains, rivers and lakes. I have never been to the Northern tip of it; in fact, I have never been north of Courtenay/Comox.
There is a treacherous stretch between Victoria and Duncan - the road is called the Malahat. When it's raining, it can be pretty scary. On the right side of this picture, it drops away with cliffs. There is an inlet to the sea at the bottom.
Trees and scrub have grown up on the sides of the road:
It's a long, narrow road:
Here's a better look across the inlet.
The trees along the road are all covered in green moss and lichens.
Spooky fog bank!
Traffic was heavy, as it was Christmas Eve.
We get glimpses of the small islands that cluster between Vancouver Island and the mainland:
L and I always sing, "Jingle Pot, Jingle Pot, Jingle Pot Road" when we see the signs:
And the big stretch of the new highway starts!
But watch out:
We got to the ferry docks just outside of Courtenay/Comox in plenty of time. Whew! Missing the ferry would have sucked. They only run 4 times a day.
I went for a walk along the beach to kill some time.
Some seaweeds and kelp:
The waves were pretty choppy (our ferry ride was quite rocky, but that's something you get used to).
Some houses in the distance, along the cove:
I liked the contrast of this bit of sea lichen on this one:
I walked along a cedar log in my awesome boots.
I liked how the water puddled around this big log:
This is a piece of bull kelp:
Check it out - this is the inside of a ferry when you drive on:
Where L and I always hang out and read - the Forward Lounge!
Now, driving back down-island, you see a few other things. Like this deer fence.
More road shots. It's a long, lonely highway at times.
To the East, you can see some of the interior mountains - they ever have a bit of snow on them! I hear skiing is good this year.
Once we see the gnome, we know we're getting close to home again.
Ladysmith is a tiny town. I keep expecting to see a statue of Pamela Anderson.
The last town before we hit the Malahat is Duncan. It's known for totem poles and this gigantic hockey stick.
Are we there yet?
But we still have the Malahat:
Lots of traffic on Boxing Day:
Near Goldstream, a lovely park area:
I hope you enjoyed the trip! Check out here for our other trips up-Island:
Hope you had a great Christmas! From my (rather squirmy) family to yours!